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We are all still adjusting to the new ways of living and working in these times. How are you coping? Show us by sending us a picture of for instance your improvised work space at home, your digital PhD defense, or the (almost) empty lab where you are performing the experiments that have to continue. Then we will post them on our EPS website.

What do you miss most from your regular work life? If you think that the EPS platform could be helpful in hosting online events or meet-ups, please give us your feedback.

Perhaps you were supposed to give a seminar or presentation at a now cancelled event and would like to share this presentation online with the rest of the EPS community? If this is the case and the research data is not confidential, please send us a video of your presentation and we will show it on the website.

Do you have tips & tricks for working under these special circumstances, or would you just like to share something about your days, then write a blog or record a vlog and send it to Heleen Schoenmaker.

Archives with recorded science seminars

Want to watch an interesting science seminar at a moment and time that is convenient for you?
Here are some links to different archives with recorded seminars:

Radboud Reflects – Radboud University Nijmegen

Studium Generale Groningen

Studium Generale – Leiden University

Studium Generale – Utrecht University

Studium Generale – Wageningen University & Research

Virtual Plant Science Seminars – Plantae

Do you want to add an interesting archive to this list? Then please contact Heleen Schoenmaker.

Unexpected peer interactions during this Covid-19 crisis

As PhD students, and also like many other researchers, we always have this time pressure hanging ominously above our heads. It forces us to be efficient, make quick and smart decisions and prioritize. Obviously, these are good habits in the world of science, but they force us into making constant trade-offs. This time pressure tends to take away opportunities for doing things that might not seem very useful or vital to our research at first glance. We tend to solely focus on our own research and this is exactly where [...]

PhD Corona Impact Survey – results

The spread of Covid-19 has rapidly and strongly impacted societies all over the world. The EPS PhD Council decided to release a survey in order to evaluate the impact of the resulting crisis on the content and progress of the project of the EPS PhD students. To assess which were the main concerns among PhD students and see if we could help them by solving some questions and/or issues they could have, we asked them to anonymously fill out a survey of 13 questions. The survey was opened the 20th [...]

Plantae presents – Virtual Plant Science Seminars

The American Society of Plant Biologists launched a new virtual seminar series via the online community, Plantae. Each seminar features two speakers and you can either watch the livestream or the recorded session.  

How to focus and write when your kids are also at home

Let’s be clear, it is impossible to work from home and get done as much as a normal working day if your kids are also at home. And that's fine. Maybe if you have angel kids that sleep a lot, play on their own, and then watch some screens without fighting, you could be OKish. But if your kids cannot play alone for more than ten minutes, wake up before 6.00 and have energy non-stop till 19.00… good luck! And yes, my kids are the second type of children. But [...]

Blog by Ana Pineda: How to focus and write when working from home

I had a different post ready for this week, but in the light of the crisis we are currently living, and with thousands of scientists working from home, I thought about contributing with a more practical topic. I cannot say much about viruses and pandemics, but… I have worked a lot from home (like in years scale), and do plenty of google research trying (often failing) to be more productive and stay sane. With these credentials ;), here are the strategies that I would recommend you to try: Plan your [...]